Lower Saxony is a German state located northwest of the country. It is the second largest state in land area, and the fourth most populous region of Germany. The region borders the North Sea, with the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia. The state of Bremen is also embedded and placed within the region.
Lower Saxony's principal cities include the state capital Hanover, along with Brunswick, Luneburg, Osnabruck, Oldenburg, Hildesheim, Wolfenbuttel, Wolfsburg, and Gottingen.
What to see & do
Autostadt – The Autostadt is an attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, with a prime focus on automobiles. It features a museum, pavilions for the principal automobile brands of the Volkswagen Group, and a customer centre where buyers can pick up new cars. It also provides a tour through the enormous factory, a guide to the evolution of roads, and a cinema in a large sphere. It is also home to the largest glass doors in the world, and the longest printed line, which is about 6.4 kilometres long. The Autostadt attracts two million visitors each year, with visitors mainly there to visit the museum and the pavilions of known brands such as Porsche, Bentley (now called Premium Clubhouse), Skoda, Lamborghini, Audi, and SEAT.
Ganseliesel –The Ganseliesel or the Goose Girl is a fountain erected in 1901 in front of the medieval town hall of Gottingen. Although rather small in size, the fountain is an icon of the city, and is an essential part of the graduation celebrations for every student who finishes a doctorate at the George August University Gottingen as they have to climb the fountain and kiss the statue of the goose girl.
East Frisian Islands – The East Frisian Islands are a chain of islands off the coast of East Frisia. It is popular as a summer retreat for many Germans and Europeans, although sometimes it can be dangerous to travel to the coasts, especially when the storms and currents strengthen.
Maschee – The Maschee is a man-made lake situated south of the city centre of Hanover. It is the largest body of water within the capital of Lower Saxony, and is a popular recreation area, including numerous water sports.
Lower Saxony State Museum – Previously the Museum of Art and Science, the Lower Saxony State Museum is comprised of the State Gallery featuring paintings and sculptures from the middle Ages down to the 20th century, plus the departments of archaeology, natural history, and ethnology. The museum also includes a vivarium with fish, amphibians, reptiles, and arthropods.
How to get around Lower Saxony
Trains are the best way to get around the region. There is a ticket called Niedersachsen Ticket, which offers unlimited travel via regional trains within Lower Saxony, which eases up the time queueing for tickets, although the said special ticket does not cover the high speed trains. Further, other means of transport here include cars, buses, and walking (within the city centres).
How to get there
There are airports in Hanover, Hamburg, Bremen, and Munster/Osnabruck. The airports here serve the whole of the region, bringing travellers to their desired destination within the region. Airlines that travel to Lower Saxony's cities include Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Cairo, Condor, Flybe, Freebird Airlines, KLM, Iberia Express, Lufthansa, and others.